Hard hitting Japanese hopeful Keita Obara (14-1, 13) has been open in voicing how he would like to move towards a world title bout in the near future. The talented fighter however has struggled to get big name foes and has found himself really running out of domestic and regional opponents, very few of which can really test or his incredible power.
Obara, the current OPBF Light Welterweight champion, has been in the US for the past few days taking part in a US training camp. Today it was revealed by the Japanese press that he had been sparring with highly touted Irishman Jason Quigley (6-0, 6), a very touted Middleweight prospect.
Although Obara has been making his name at 140lbs we're expecting him to vacate his OPBF title and start to focus on the more attractive Welterweight division. We're suspect that will be where his next bout, rumoured to be on August 10th, will take place. If he wins that it's not out of the question to see his team push for him to get a shot at some form of a world title, despite how rich the Welterweight division is internationally.
At the moment Obara is ranked by both the WBO (#12) and IBF (#13), both at 140lbs. If he's to move up he may be able to keep his rankings which would, potentially, put him in the running for an IBF Welterweight title fight with Kell Brook, an attractive proposition for the Japanese puncher and much more likely than a WBO shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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